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* RECOMMENDED * HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Firmware, Ethernet plus 4/8Gb 20-port and 8Gb 24-port FC Edition

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Type: Firmware - Blade Infrastructure
Version: 4.01(10 Jun 2013)
Operating System(s): Citrix XenServer 5.x
Citrix XenServer 6.x
HP-UX 11.23
HP-UX 11.31 (IA)
HP-UX 11.x
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Itanium
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Essentials
Novell NetWare 6.5
OpenVMS v8.3
OpenVMS v8.4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (Itanium)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (Itanium)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (Itanium)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
VMware ESXi 5.0
VMware vSphere 5.1
File name: vcfwall401.bin (167 MB)
This file contains the firmware for the Virtual Connect FlexFabric, Virtual Connect Ethernet (VC-Enet), VC 4Gb FC, VC 8Gb 20-port FC, and VC 8Gb 24-port FC modules, and includes the Virtual Connect management capability.

Prerequisites:

The latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes contains the prerequisites and can also be found in the "User guide" section in the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

65853bd20e39cfc24dd57b3f748361ea vcfwall401.bin

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is not required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

Review OA Customer Advisory c02639172 immediately to see if any recent changes made to Enclosure configuration are at risk of not being persistently preserved. If the changes were made by a non-Administrator user account, before the next OA firmware upgrade or reset, the workaround documented in c02639172 must be executed immediately to ensure the prior Enclosure configuration changes are persistently preserved. The issue described in c02639172 was resolved with OA 3.21 or later.

HP requires using the HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility version 1.8.1 (or later) to install the HP VC-Enet version 4.01, the HP VC 4Gb FC version 1.44, and HP VC 8Gb FC version 1.05 firmware. Please read the most current release notes for HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility.

For more information on installing the firmware, see the HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility release notes on the HP website (http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem/documentation).

Note: Please read the appendix section of the release notes for firmware upgrade instructions.


End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Notes:

The latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes can also be found in the "User guide" section in the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


Supported Devices and Features:

HP 10/10Gb Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP 4Gb Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 4Gb Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-port Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-port Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D Module for c-Class BladeSystem


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 

Version:4.75 (20 May 2019)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.75 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

 

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.75 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

 


Version:4.63 (8 Oct 2018)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.63 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.63 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.62 (26 Feb 2018)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.62 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.62 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.61 (12 Sep 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.61 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.

Enhancements

REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.61 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.


Version:4.60 (12 Jul 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.60 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.

Enhancements

REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.60 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.


Version:4.50 (16 May 2016)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.45 (12 Aug 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.41 (18 Mar 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

It is recommended to update to this version if you are planning to use the FIPS mode.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.40 (9 Feb 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.31 (7 Nov 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Resolved the following issues:

  1. Some Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D IO Modules running HP Virtual Connect (VC) Firmware Version 4.20 or 4.30 may shut down due to a single instance of an erroneous high temperature reading from one of eight sensors on the module. See VC Customer Advisory c04459474 for more information.
     
  2. Updating to VC Firmware Version 4.30 may cause some or all networks to be unavailable which could result in all uplink ports showing as Linked-Standby. See VC Customer Advisory c04422904 for more information.
     
  3. Servers transmitting excessive pause frames may cause Virtual Connect uplink port to experience channel flapping, stacking link removal and server communication loss. See VC Customer Advisory c02623029 for more information.
     
  4. Any in-use network that was created in VC 4.2x or earlier may encounter a one-time network interruption when it is applied to an assigned server profile for the first time in VC 4.30. See VC Customer Advisory c04492888 for more information.
     


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


Version:4.21 (3 Oct 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Resolved an issue where some Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D IO Modules running HP Virtual Connect (VC) Firmware Version 4.20 or 4.30 may shut down due to a single instance of an erroneous high temperature reading from one of eight sensors on the module.  See VC Customer Advisory c04459474 for more information.

The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.20 (11 Apr 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.10 (10 Sep 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the VC 4.10 HP Virtual Connect Release Notes


Version:4.01 (10 Jun 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.75 (19 Feb 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.70 (4 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.62 (8 Jun 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/vc/manuals


Version:3.61 (4 Apr 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/vc/manuals


Version:3.60 (4 Jun 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.51 (16 Jan 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.30 (7 Sep 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 
Virtual Connect firmware version 3.30 also includes a resolution to the following issue. This following statements will be included in the next update to the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes.

Resolved an issue which may trigger a server to shutdown during VC enclosure recovery (such as when communication with the OA has been lost) for HP Integrity BL870c i2 and BL890c i2 Series Server Blades. During VC enclosure recovery, network and SAN connections can potentially be taken down and then re-established exactly as they had been configured before the enclosure recovery. The disconnection typically lasts for less than a minute and can often be unnoticeable. However, for Service Guard operations there is the potential that this issue will cause a heartbeat loss that triggers one of the servers (determined through a configuration priority) to shut down.

Enhancements

New Features:

  • Command Line Interface Telemetry - New CLI commands to troubleshoot Virtual Connect system and networking issues.
  • Network Access Groups for profile – Limits server profile access to networks that are defined within the group.
  • Simplified iSCSI boot setup – Automatically retrieve parameters from HP 4000 SAN solutions and attach to server profiles. Significantly reduces manual entries required.
  • Simultaneous tunneled and mapped VLAN connections – Unique VLAN flexibility supports best practice network requirements for virtualized servers.
  • Increased mapped VLAN capacity – up to 1000 VLANs SUS from 128 and up to 162 VLAN to down link from 28.
  • Enhanced port status – Feature to detect why a port is currently not in linked status.
  • GUI Profile Wizard support (Ethernet, iSCSI, FC, FCoE)
  • Native IE8 support
  • IGMPv3 Phase 1 IPv4 only (no support for source specific multicast)
  • OS Initiated Network Loop Detection and Prevention – uses Cisco PVST BPDUs
  • TACACS+/RADIUS role based security – User authentication, Command Authorization and Command loggings for network and storage teams.
  • Updated SNMP MIBs – Severity level added to all traps (alerts) to improve notification
  • Support for user-defined login screen notice (typically a security message)
  • Support for Log File Compression
  • Support connections for H3C DACs

Version:3.18 (29 Apr 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Firmware Dependency:
     OA: Minimum firmware version: 3.11 / Recommended version: 3.31 
      
      Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the 'User Guide' section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     •  Resolved an issue where a Virtual Connect Domain with large number of networks may experience an unstable network condition when a VC Ethernet module is restarted in one of the following circumstances: 
          * A power-cycle (Off/On) from the Onboard Administrator 
          * A reset/reboot from the Onboard Administrator 
          * A removal/reinsert into the Interconnect Bay

 


Version:3.17 (21 Mar 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Firmware Dependency:
      OA: Minimum firmware version: 3.11 / Recommended version: 3.21 
      
      Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the 'User Guide' section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue where the primary VC module could not communicate with other modules due to a problem with the reverse DNS lookup when DNS is enabled in the VC infrastructure.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM GUI was using HTTP instead of HTTPS.
     • Resolved an issue where changes in the SNMP configuration caused an outage.
     • Resolved an issue where updating gen numbers while creating or assigning a profile caused a NO-COMM state.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where renaming the associated network on the Edit Ethernet Network screen cleared the native property.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where clicking the Server Connections tab on the Ethernet Networks screen caused a popup message to appear stating that there are no server connections to display, even when server profiles with assigned networks existed.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where the Calculating Server Connections progress bar hung after clicking the Server Connections tab on the Ethernet Networks screen.
     • Resolved an issue where OA would enter NO-COMM state when multiple VC Enet modules were reset at the same time and then reconfigured. The VC Ethernet Module recovery algorithm has been optimized to recover Odd side modules and then Even side modules (previously was a full reset/recovery of all modules in parallel). Depending on configuration of the Domain, this will reduce or eliminate Network outage during a full enclosure recovery.
     • Resolved loss of FC connectivity when an 8Gb/24-Port VC-FC Module receives a multi-sequence frame from an in band Storage Management application (application was executing on a server within the c7000 enclosure). Resulted in a 8Gb/24-Port FC Module reset and loss of FC connectivity.
     • Resolved an issue when the VC-FC 24-Port Module would not recover from an NO-COMM state after an OA failover. The IP address for the FC Module was not being updated correctly, and blocking the proper communication with the Primary VC Module.
     • Resolved an issue where VCM reported a NO-COMM state for a VC-FC module, even though the VC-FC module was still responding to a ping command.
     • Resolved an issue where the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware version information did not display correctly on the OA rack firmware page. This resolution requires OA version 3.30.
     • Resolved an issue with VC Manager failing to retrieve configuration generation number from VC Ethernet Module.
     • Resolved an issue where the network nativelan setting cleared after adding another network.
     • Resolved an issue where an hpvcm_deleteManagedObjects return code error occurred when deleting a profile.
     • Resolved an issue that delayed the startup time on an enclosure with eight Flex-10/FlexFabric modules.
     • Resolved a performance issue where adding a single network caused an update of all configured networks.
     • Resolved an issue where firmware details did not display on a Firefox browser window.
     • Resolved an issue where FCoE login took longer than expected when changing between fabrics.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM CLI command "set enet-vlan" did not return an error for the command "set enet-vlan VlanTagControl=Tunnel SharedServerVlanId=true".
     • Resolved an HP Integrity BL8x0c i2 Series Server Blade issue where there were problems disconnecting Flex-10 ports with I/O modules that do not support Flex-10, which could result in disabled network ports appearing as enabled.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where titles on the Device Bay Summary screen were not displayed consistently.
     • Resolved an issue where an SNMP trap configuration with only FC traps selected could not have an associated set of severities.
     • Resolved an issue where an error was not indicated for login redistribution for a degraded/failed SAN in external connections.
     • Resolved a GUI issue for HP Integrity BL8x0c i2 Series Server Blades where the entries in the Server Ethernet Adapter Information table did not properly collapse and expand.
     • Resolved an issue found in an Integrity FlexFabric environment where the HP-UX boot path was lost while unassigning and reassigning a profile.
     • Resolved an issue for a race condition between module recovery and enclosure recovery when an enclosure was recovering from an enclosure NO-COMM condition.
     • Resolved an issue when recovering from a module NO-COMM state where the correct module state is properly tracked to avoid unnecessary failure for LANIO calls and GenNumber requests.
     • Resolved an FC module firmware issue where the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware version is displayed as “Not Available" in OA, but VCM has the correct firmware version information.
     • Resolved an FC module firmware issue where the DHCP client in the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware became corrupted, causing the FC module to stop responding to VCM, resulting in a NO-COMM state.
     • Resolved an issue when VC modules coming out of NO-COMM state, they may not be in sync with each other, which will result in unexpected additional module failures.
     • Resolved a restriction where customers need to put the VC domain in VCEM maintenance mode in order to get the support dump.
     • Resolved an issue where the GUI will state that the event manager registration has expired and then the user is logged out of the GUI unexpectedly.
     • Resolved an FC connection outage due to a failure of the Virtual Connect Flex Fabric primary module.  During the Backup Module recovery, the error caused a full Virtual Connect reset and recovery which created the outage.
     • Resolved an issue with growing memory utilization on HP VC Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet modules when Blades are in a PXE Boot loop.
     • Resolved an issue with a small memory leak found in stpd when handling of subport MED data update notices.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC domain will get into NO-COMM state after performing OA failover and then fail back.
     • Resolved an issue where the Private Networks filter rules were not updated when LAG (Link Aggregation Group) membership changes.
     • Resolved an issue where when a module recovers from NO-COMM state, the stacking links will show failed status even though there is no real operational problem.
     • Made adjustment for the Maximum RSS memory limit for graceful VC management process shutdown.


Version:3.15 (10 Nov 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Deliverable Name:
      HP Virtual Connect firmware

Release Version and/or Date:
      Version 3.15

Last Recommended or Critical Version:
      Version 3.10

Previous Version of Firmware:
      Version 3.10

Firmware Dependency:
Use this link to get more detailed information about compatiable hardware and configuration scenarios.   
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Added support for the HP VC FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module
  • Added support for the HP NC551m Dual Port FlexFabric 10Gb Converged Network Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G7 Server Blades.
  • Added support for the HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC542m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC551i/m and NC553i Dual Port FlexFabric Adapter protocol personality change between FCoE and iSCSI.
  • Added support for full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for iSCSI boot with NC551i/m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL620c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP NC553m 10Gb 2-Port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter.


Problems Fixed:

  • Resolved an issue, that can result in a network outage, when a profile is created with duplicate multiple networks.
  • Resolved an issue were Virtual Connect Manager (VCM)will reset modules that have port mirroring enabled when VCM restarts, and will cause a network outage.
  • Resolved an issue were VC modules do not provide information about CPU, part number, etc. via Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Resolved an issue when using VC CLI, where a user is unable to add LDAP groups with names containing spaces.
  • Resolved an issue when a profile is created with multiple networks that use a Shared Uplink Set (SUS) without selecting any networks. If this profile is applied to a server with Flex NICs, this will result in a segmentation fault,VCM SEGV.
  • Resolved an issue were 'About' HP VCM pop-up window was causing IE8 to crash, which results in the About table not being displayed.
  • Resolved an issue with VCM SEGV when the user has a profile (with multiple networks defined in a connection without a network being configured), then edits the profile without making any changes, and then applies the profile to a server with Flex-10 LOM.


Known Issues:

  • In a double-dense domain configuration, interconnect bays 7 and 8 should not be used to create a FC Fabric. The fabric should instead be created on bays 5 and 6. If a fabric is created on bays 7 or 8 using VCMCLI, an incorrect error message may be displayed 'ERROR: Module not found' instead of 'ERROR: A fabric is not allowed to be created with the specified bay for a double-sense configuration'
  • When a Blade server port has multiple FlexNICs defined (one of them is defined as FCoE) and the FCoE FlexNIC is deleted, the band width does not redistribute to other active FlexNICs even through the GUI will show it has.
  • If the Primary VC modules loses power or is removed, a Profile Status change trap is not sent as it should be. Work-around: When the Primary VC module loses power or is removed, the cpqHoSWRunninagStatusChangeTrap trap (defined in the cpqhost.mib MIB) will be sent by the backup VC module when it becomes Primary. A sample trap is shown below:

  •         
             Enterprise Specific Trap (.11017) Uptime: 20 days, 2:54:46.44,
             SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: bay2TC,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.11.1.0 = INTEGER: 10,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.2.1 = STRING: "aus-c7000-13_vc_domain",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.3.1 = STRING: "HP Virtual Connect Domain Manager",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.2.0 = STRING: "VCM Domain status trap",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.4.1 = STRING: "3.15",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.12.1 = INTEGER: 4,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.13.1 = INTEGER: 5,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.14.1 = STRING: "VcD_6f54796e7543",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.15.1 = INTEGER: 2
            
             The two MIB OIDs in the trap above to analyze are:
             enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.13.1
             enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.15.1
            
             These OIDs will contain the following values when the Backup VC module has become the Primary:
             cpqHoSWRunningConfigStatus : operational(5)
             cpqHoSWRunningRedundancyMode : master(2)
            
  • When upgrading from a pre-3.00 VC release, if Fibre Channel SNMP traps were defined with DNS type of the Trap Destination address, upon completion of the upgrade SNMP settings will not be applied to the VC-FC modules. Work-around: Edit any FC SNMP trap destinations, using the GUI or CLI, that have a DNS name for the trap destination and change the DNS name to an IPv4 address.
  • When Virtual Connect has assigned a Server Profile to a server, the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) can't modify the protocol configuration (iSCSI/FCoE) of any NIC (including the 551m), even if the NIC is not connected to a Virtual Connect module. Any protocol configuration changes must be made when the Server Profile is not assigned to the server.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Added support for the HP VC FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module.
  • Added support for the HP NC551m Dual Port FlexFabric 10Gb Converged Network Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G7 Server Blades.
  • Added support for the HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC542m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC551i/m and NC553i Dual Port FlexFabric Adapter protocol personality change between FCoE and iSCSI.
  • Added support for full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for iSCSI boot with NC551i/m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL620c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP NC553m 10Gb 2-Port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter.

Version:3.10 (9 Sep 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL:http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:

     • Resolved an issue where Internet Group Management Protocol(IGMP) joins only processed by VC on 1st VLAN when a PF has multiple mapped VLANs.
     • Resolved IGMP Query Tx issues when IGMP joins to grp 01:00:5e:00:00:01.
     • Enhanced VC Manager recovery mechanism to insure that an enclosure serial number is validated after an OA firmware upgrade while VC Manager is recovering the domain.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Ethernet modules running v2.30 or later may unexpectedly lose stacking link connectivity due to CPU-generated data traffic, such as LACP and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), no longer transmitting.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Manager daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing. It also resolved the issue documented by the following Customer Advisory c02463297.
     • Resolved an issue where an OA Apache Web Server hang could cause VC Manager to crash while assigning server profile to a device bay. VCM error handling has been enhanced to properly handle this error condition.
     • Resolved an issue where an OA Apache Web Server hang could cause a miscommunication between the OA and VCM and therefore force VCM to perform steps leading to a temporary loss of the Ethernet and SAN connectivity. This is due to VC inability to detect current physical server state in the enclosure with unresponsive OA Apache Web server.
     • Resolved an issue with VC-FC 4/8Gb 20port modules where during an attempt to register with the DNS server, an update request would fail causing VC-FC modules to write an entry in one of the system's logs. Depending on the frequency of the DHCP lease expiration, this log may cause root file system to fill up to its 100 capacity. VC-FC firmware 1.41 prevents that error log message from filling up the root file system.
     • Resolved an issue when changing the auto power options on the iLO and then shutting down or starting up the blade server, will cause the VCM to display the connection reset or connection timeout message.
     • Resolved an issue when taking a support dump, some older model of SFP modules will be affected and will result in link down situation. This fix also addresses the Customer Advisory c02465022.
     • Fixed an issue where Dot1dBasePortMTUExceededDiscards statistic was incremented even with jumbo frames enabled.
     • Resolved an issue where HP Insight Orchestration Software (HP IO) deployment may stop responding with continuous looping on the target server with the error message 'Boot device is being configured by Virtual Connect' is displayed.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     • Support for HP ProLiant BL 460c G7 Server Blades
     • Support for HP ProLiant BL 490c G7 Server Blades
     • Support for HP NC522m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter
     • Removed VCM requirement for Primary/Secondary VC Interconnect modules to be placed in I/O bays 1 and 2
     • Support for the full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for the iSCSI boot with NC551i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for the iSCSI boot with NC553i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for Brocade 804 8Gb FC hBA for HP BladeSystem c-Class
     • Provides the ability to display Fibre Channel and Ethernet port statistics via the VCM CLI


Version:3.01 (21 Jun 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the
      URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     •Resolved an issue where the Flex UIs are unable to parse an LDAP group in WebService SOAP response. The symptom may be as one of the following:
         a. Define Network/Edit Network page hangs on "Loading".
         b. Profile editor fails to load all data(Specifically Ethernet connections).
         c. Advanced Ethernet Settings page hangs on "Loading Advanced Ethernet Settings".
     •Resolved an issue that an LDAP certificate still showing on the GUI even after it was deleted from GUI.
     •Resolved an issue where VC Manager daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing.
     •It also resolved the issue documented by the following Customer Advisory:
        http://alerts.hp.com/r?2.1.3KT.2ZR.14BPm6.ExBUY%5f..N.UjO8.3TRO.bW89MQ%5f%5fCaVcFOM0

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     •Support ProLiant BL 465c G7 server
     •Support ProLiant BL 685c G7 server
     •NC550m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter


Version:3.00 (17 May 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     1. Resolved an issue were pre-existing Virtual Server IDs on a blade server will not be cleared when the blade server is inserted into an enclosure with existing profiles that do not contain any Virtual MACs, WWNs, or Server IDs.
     2. Resolved an issue were jumbo frames are incorrectly reported as iflnErrors.

Known Issues:
     1. When VC is used and BL870c i2 or BL890c i2 servers are present, after an OA reset the OA occasionally will end up displaying factory-assigned WWNs and MACs for the auxiliary blades in a multi-blade server, even though there are VC-assigned values. Note that this problem does not affect the operation of the server, the blades have and will operate with the correct VC-assigned WWNs and MAC addresses. The workaround to get the OA in synch with VCM is to shutdown the server (if it’s running), unassign the VC profile, assign the VC profile, and boot the server.
     2. In Virtual Connect release 3.00, the Server Admin user is not able to modify the IGMP Snooping settings. This known issue is related to the authorizations of the Server Admin user in the security token being passed between Virtual Connect software components; this issue will be fixed in a later release of Virtual Connect. The current work around is for the Server Admin user to login as an Administrator user in order to change IGMP Snooping settings.
     3. In some circumstances ports are shown as having WWNs which are actually in use by other ports. The user will need to look at the Server Profile page to be sure which mezzanine ports are really in use. This issue will addressed in a future Virtual Connect release.
     4. Multiple or Unsupported versions of Adobe Flash Player cause the Firefox web browser to crash.
     On some combinations of Firefox web browser, Adobe Flash Player, and Operating System, the Adobe Flash Player will cause the Firefox web browser to crash unexpectedly - especially if there are multiple versions of the Flash Player Plugin installed with Firefox or if there is an older/unsupported version of the Flash Player Plugin (e.g. such as Flash v8.0) installed with Firefox, even if the older/unsupported version of the Flash Plugin is disabled. It is recommended that Virtual Connect 3.00 users install only 1 supported version of the Adobe Flash Player Plugin with their Firefox web browser.
     5. Depending on the installed versions of the Firefox, Adobe Flash Player, and OS (for example: Combination of Firefox v3.5.9, Adobe Flash v9.0/v10.0, on GNU Linux v2.6.9) certain fix patches from Adobe for the Adobe Flash Player may be needed. For the latest information on fix patches from Adobe for the Flash Player Plugin, see the Adobe website (http://www.adobe.com/support/security/index.html#flashplayer).
     Also, users might experience problems with the Firefox browser hanging or crashing and then showing the "failed to create MSXML object" error. This is a known issue with XSLT transformations in Firefox. See the information at the following URL's about downloading and installing a patch for your specific version of the Firefox browser at this Mozilla website (http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/2009/mfsa2009-12.html) or this Mozilla website (http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox30.html).
     6. If the VC Domain is configured for double dense Server mode, and a profile is assigned to an empty server bay, and then a hot plug of a single dense server into that server bay will result in the profile not being activated. Recovery is to unassign the profile and reassign.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     1. Support For HP Integrity BL8x0C i2 Series Server Blades.
     2. IE8 is supported under IE7 compatibility mode.
     3. Up to 128 Networks in a Shared Up Link Set. 
     4. Deprecated the GUI/CLI firmware update capability. VCSU 1.5.0 or later version is the only supported firmware update mechanism.


Version:2.34 (24 Sep 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.

HP recommends that customers move to VC 3.01 or greater firmware for the latest new features and fixes.  However, for customers who need a delay migration to VC 3.xx for operational reasons,  firmware version 2.34 is recommended for systems affected by any of the documented fixes below.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

HP recommends that customers move to VC 3.01 or greater firmware for the latest new features and fixes.  However, for customers who need a delay migration to VC 3.xx for operational reasons,  firmware version 2.34 is recommended for systems affected by any of the documented fixes below.

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue where IGMP Joins were only processed by Virtual Connect(VC) on the first VLAN when a PF has multiple mapped VLANs.
     • Resolved an issue where IGMP Joins to grp 01:00:5e:00:00:01 would cause IGMP Query Tx problems.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause a network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing. This fix also resolved the issue documented by Customer Advisory c02463297.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC crash would occur while assigning a server profile to a server bay.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC network outage would occur due to the inability to detect the state of physical servers. 
     • Resolved an issue where changing the auto power options on the iLO and then shutting down or starting up the blade server would cause VCM to display a connection reset or connection timeout message.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Ethernet modules running VC 2.30 or later may unexpectedly lose stacking link connectivity due to CPU-generated data traffic, such as LACP and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), no longer transmitting.
     • Resolved an issue that occured when taking a support dump, some older SFP module models were affected and would result in a link down situation.

Enhancements

None


Version:2.33 (3 May 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue when a VC module is configured as a Flex-10 device, after the VC module reboots with the xNet definitions already present,  IGMP Joins are not sent out and thus stop working.


Version:2.32 (28 Jan 2010)
Fixes
Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL:
        http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue when un-initialized server(s) was installed and continuously attempted to PXE boot. Each server was generating multiple Ethernet port state events which could result in sluggish VCM GUI responses.
     • Resolved an issue for VCM GUI which would not allow using upper case letters to define SNMP Community Strings.
     • Resolved an issue where user’s GUI interface would appear not responsive during the Checkpoint Operation time period, which can be up to 40 seconds. Checkpoint Operation is initiated whenever a profile configuration is being updated.
     • Resolved an issue where RDP operations would fail when VC unexpectedly updated UUID and SN to an internal data structure. This update occurs whenever a server POST COMPLETE event is detected.
     • Resolved an issue where VC CLI SHOW operations would occur in minutes instead of seconds with large network configurations.

Version:2.31 (6 Nov 2009)
Fixes

Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        None
         
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL:
        http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695
        

Enhancements/New Features:
     None
Problems Fixed:
        • Resolved issue when VC FW is upgraded to VC2.30 in a Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM) environment. Problem was due to the SNMP configuration not reflecting the correct state and resulted in an upgraded VC Domain not being re-admitted to its VCEM Virtual Connect Domain Group.
        • Resolved an issue on  Multi-enclosure systems in which the VC Manager User responses are slow or appear to lock up. This is due to high overhead startup of the SNMPD process.
        • Resolved an issue in which the SNMP SMI-S enabled flag was not being carried forward to the VC 2.30 configuration from pre-VC2.30 versions.
        

Known Issues:
     None


Version:2.30 (1 Oct 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following issue has been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.30:

  • Resolved an issue on VC Flex-10 Ethernet modules where Link Aggregation Groups (LAG) cannot be formed with more than 40Gb total throughput. With this fix, VC Flex-10 Ethernet modules can support LAGs with up to 80Gb total throughput.
  • Resolved an issue with some server links mapped to the VC Flex-10 Ethernet module not being able to link up under certain enclosure/server configurations.
    The effect of this fix is that it may take an additional 30 seconds for a VC Flex-10 Ethernet module to become ready after the initial power-on of the module.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules when a VC Fabric has all of the uplink ports in an offline state and one of the uplink ports comes back online. VC 8Gb 24-Port Modules now reconfigure server connectivity to that online uplink port.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules that failed to map server connections to a newly added uplink port to a VC Fabric that already has all of the uplink ports in an offline state.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules to generate SNMP traps to indicate that the parameters have been changed when any of the SNMP configuration parameters are modified.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules so the SNMP System Contact string can now be less than four characters.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules to behave correctly after a VC domain deletion. SAN connectivity is allowed for all the servers in the enclosure, regardless whether a server has previously been assigned a server profile.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules that did not properly populate the SNMP MibStatus Array.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules so that under the default port group configuration, the server(s) port logins can take place.
Enhancements

VC-Enet version 2.30 includes the following features:

  • Support for the HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Module. 8Gb configuration and operation is only supported by G6, or newer generation of servers.
  • SNMP enhancements:
    • Added limited extensions to already supported MIBs
    • Added SNMP traps for Ethernet port state changes
    • Added SNMP traps for key, pre-defined threshold conditions
    • Supports new MIB/traps for key VC domain elements
    • Supports both SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 traps (by trap destination)
      • Trap destinations
      • Type of traps to be sent to destination
      • Level(s) of traps to be sent to destination
      • Type/class of trap to be sent
        This feature does not include user configuration of trap thresholds.
  • Added Support for dynamic changes to FlexNICs. Servers no longer need to be powered off to change a FlexNIC for its bandwidth, link state, and network/VLAN assignment. In addition, FlexNIC link state is now accurately reported in the VCM GUI.
  • Increased the maximum number of VLANs allowed for an uplink port (or port set) from 64 to 128.
  • Support for BL495c G6 and BL465c G6 server blades.
  • Support for the new HP Code Signing Process.
  • Support the ability to connect two VC domains together (SE or ME) by directly connecting their uplinks (no switch in between) to form a private network.

Version:2.12 (21 Aug 2009)
Fixes

The following issue has been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.12:

  • Resolved an issue with some server links mapped to a VC Flex-10 Ethernet module may not be able to link up under certain enclosure/server configurations.

Customers that are not using HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Modules or are not having link issues do not need to update to Virtual Connect v2.12.

Enhancements

No new features are enabled in HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Firmware version 2.12.


Version:2.10 (27 Apr 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following issues have been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.10:

  • Resolved a potential VC GUI hang if Internet browser is being used, and an uplink port cable is pulled from a VC Ethernet module.
  • Resolved a few unexpected pop-up error messages which might appear on VC GUI when the VC GUI browser was open on the Profile page and a server was powered on.
  • Resolved an issue that caused servers using FC  to lose SAN connectivity when the primary Onboard Administrator (OA) module is reset.
  • Resolved a memory leak in VC Manager daemon that was triggered when both Onboard Administrator (OA) modules were absent.
  • Resolved issue that caused CLI to terminate the ssh sessions and logout the user when CTRL-C was entered in the middle of CLI command execution.
Enhancements

VC-Enet version 2.10 includes the following features:

  • Support for Multi Enclosure Virtual Connect domain

This feature allows for stacked enclosure support, which enables up to four c7000 enclosures to be managed within a single Virtual Connect domain for a total of up to 64 servers or 128 servers, in a double-dense mode.

  • Increased number of Virtual Connect networks (64) per shared uplink set.
  • Support for HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-Port-Fibre Channel Module.

NOTE: 8Gb configuration and operation are only supported by G6 servers.


Type: Firmware - Blade Infrastructure
Version: 4.01(10 Jun 2013)
Operating System(s):
Citrix XenServer 5.x
Citrix XenServer 6.x
HP-UX 11.23
HP-UX 11.31 (IA)
HP-UX 11.x
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Itanium
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Essentials
Novell NetWare 6.5
OpenVMS v8.3
OpenVMS v8.4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (Itanium)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (Itanium)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (Itanium)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
VMware ESXi 5.0
VMware vSphere 5.1

Description

This file contains the firmware for the Virtual Connect FlexFabric, Virtual Connect Ethernet (VC-Enet), VC 4Gb FC, VC 8Gb 20-port FC, and VC 8Gb 24-port FC modules, and includes the Virtual Connect management capability.

Installation Instructions

Prerequisites:

The latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes contains the prerequisites and can also be found in the "User guide" section in the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

65853bd20e39cfc24dd57b3f748361ea vcfwall401.bin

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is not required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

Review OA Customer Advisory c02639172 immediately to see if any recent changes made to Enclosure configuration are at risk of not being persistently preserved. If the changes were made by a non-Administrator user account, before the next OA firmware upgrade or reset, the workaround documented in c02639172 must be executed immediately to ensure the prior Enclosure configuration changes are persistently preserved. The issue described in c02639172 was resolved with OA 3.21 or later.

HP requires using the HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility version 1.8.1 (or later) to install the HP VC-Enet version 4.01, the HP VC 4Gb FC version 1.44, and HP VC 8Gb FC version 1.05 firmware. Please read the most current release notes for HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility.

For more information on installing the firmware, see the HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Support Utility release notes on the HP website (http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem/documentation).

Note: Please read the appendix section of the release notes for firmware upgrade instructions.


Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Notes:

The latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes can also be found in the "User guide" section in the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


Supported Devices and Features:

HP 10/10Gb Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP 4Gb Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 4Gb Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-port Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-port Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem

HP Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D Module for c-Class BladeSystem


Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 

Revision History

Version:4.75 (20 May 2019)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.75 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

 

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.75 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

 


Version:4.63 (8 Oct 2018)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.63 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.63 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.62 (26 Feb 2018)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The list of issues resolved in 4.62 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The list of enhancements in 4.62 version can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes at URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.61 (12 Sep 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.61 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.

Enhancements

REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.61 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.


Version:4.60 (12 Jul 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.60 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.

Enhancements

REMOVED: Virtual Connect firmware version 4.60 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for download due to an issue which may cause a network outage, when Blade(s) or VC Module(s) are rebooted, reset, or power-cycled. 
Please refer to CA a00029108en_us (https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=a00029108en_us) for more details.


Version:4.50 (16 May 2016)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.45 (12 Aug 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.41 (18 Mar 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

It is recommended to update to this version if you are planning to use the FIPS mode.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HPE Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URLhttp://www.hpe.com/info/vc/manuals


Version:4.40 (9 Feb 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 

Enhancements

The latest list of enhancements can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.31 (7 Nov 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Resolved the following issues:

  1. Some Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D IO Modules running HP Virtual Connect (VC) Firmware Version 4.20 or 4.30 may shut down due to a single instance of an erroneous high temperature reading from one of eight sensors on the module. See VC Customer Advisory c04459474 for more information.
     
  2. Updating to VC Firmware Version 4.30 may cause some or all networks to be unavailable which could result in all uplink ports showing as Linked-Standby. See VC Customer Advisory c04422904 for more information.
     
  3. Servers transmitting excessive pause frames may cause Virtual Connect uplink port to experience channel flapping, stacking link removal and server communication loss. See VC Customer Advisory c02623029 for more information.
     
  4. Any in-use network that was created in VC 4.2x or earlier may encounter a one-time network interruption when it is applied to an assigned server profile for the first time in VC 4.30. See VC Customer Advisory c04492888 for more information.
     


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084


Version:4.21 (3 Oct 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Resolved an issue where some Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D IO Modules running HP Virtual Connect (VC) Firmware Version 4.20 or 4.30 may shut down due to a single instance of an erroneous high temperature reading from one of eight sensors on the module.  See VC Customer Advisory c04459474 for more information.

The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.20 (11 Apr 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:4.10 (10 Sep 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the VC 4.10 HP Virtual Connect Release Notes


Version:4.01 (10 Jun 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.75 (19 Feb 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.70 (4 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.62 (8 Jun 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/vc/manuals


Version:3.61 (4 Apr 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/vc/manuals


Version:3.60 (4 Jun 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.51 (16 Jan 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 


Version:3.30 (7 Sep 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


The latest list of issues resolved can be found in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes that can be found in the "User guide" section of the following URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=135&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=4144084
 
Virtual Connect firmware version 3.30 also includes a resolution to the following issue. This following statements will be included in the next update to the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes.

Resolved an issue which may trigger a server to shutdown during VC enclosure recovery (such as when communication with the OA has been lost) for HP Integrity BL870c i2 and BL890c i2 Series Server Blades. During VC enclosure recovery, network and SAN connections can potentially be taken down and then re-established exactly as they had been configured before the enclosure recovery. The disconnection typically lasts for less than a minute and can often be unnoticeable. However, for Service Guard operations there is the potential that this issue will cause a heartbeat loss that triggers one of the servers (determined through a configuration priority) to shut down.

Enhancements

New Features:

  • Command Line Interface Telemetry - New CLI commands to troubleshoot Virtual Connect system and networking issues.
  • Network Access Groups for profile – Limits server profile access to networks that are defined within the group.
  • Simplified iSCSI boot setup – Automatically retrieve parameters from HP 4000 SAN solutions and attach to server profiles. Significantly reduces manual entries required.
  • Simultaneous tunneled and mapped VLAN connections – Unique VLAN flexibility supports best practice network requirements for virtualized servers.
  • Increased mapped VLAN capacity – up to 1000 VLANs SUS from 128 and up to 162 VLAN to down link from 28.
  • Enhanced port status – Feature to detect why a port is currently not in linked status.
  • GUI Profile Wizard support (Ethernet, iSCSI, FC, FCoE)
  • Native IE8 support
  • IGMPv3 Phase 1 IPv4 only (no support for source specific multicast)
  • OS Initiated Network Loop Detection and Prevention – uses Cisco PVST BPDUs
  • TACACS+/RADIUS role based security – User authentication, Command Authorization and Command loggings for network and storage teams.
  • Updated SNMP MIBs – Severity level added to all traps (alerts) to improve notification
  • Support for user-defined login screen notice (typically a security message)
  • Support for Log File Compression
  • Support connections for H3C DACs

Version:3.18 (29 Apr 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Firmware Dependency:
     OA: Minimum firmware version: 3.11 / Recommended version: 3.31 
      
      Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the 'User Guide' section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     •  Resolved an issue where a Virtual Connect Domain with large number of networks may experience an unstable network condition when a VC Ethernet module is restarted in one of the following circumstances: 
          * A power-cycle (Off/On) from the Onboard Administrator 
          * A reset/reboot from the Onboard Administrator 
          * A removal/reinsert into the Interconnect Bay

 


Version:3.17 (21 Mar 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Firmware Dependency:
      OA: Minimum firmware version: 3.11 / Recommended version: 3.21 
      
      Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the 'User Guide' section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue where the primary VC module could not communicate with other modules due to a problem with the reverse DNS lookup when DNS is enabled in the VC infrastructure.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM GUI was using HTTP instead of HTTPS.
     • Resolved an issue where changes in the SNMP configuration caused an outage.
     • Resolved an issue where updating gen numbers while creating or assigning a profile caused a NO-COMM state.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where renaming the associated network on the Edit Ethernet Network screen cleared the native property.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where clicking the Server Connections tab on the Ethernet Networks screen caused a popup message to appear stating that there are no server connections to display, even when server profiles with assigned networks existed.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where the Calculating Server Connections progress bar hung after clicking the Server Connections tab on the Ethernet Networks screen.
     • Resolved an issue where OA would enter NO-COMM state when multiple VC Enet modules were reset at the same time and then reconfigured. The VC Ethernet Module recovery algorithm has been optimized to recover Odd side modules and then Even side modules (previously was a full reset/recovery of all modules in parallel). Depending on configuration of the Domain, this will reduce or eliminate Network outage during a full enclosure recovery.
     • Resolved loss of FC connectivity when an 8Gb/24-Port VC-FC Module receives a multi-sequence frame from an in band Storage Management application (application was executing on a server within the c7000 enclosure). Resulted in a 8Gb/24-Port FC Module reset and loss of FC connectivity.
     • Resolved an issue when the VC-FC 24-Port Module would not recover from an NO-COMM state after an OA failover. The IP address for the FC Module was not being updated correctly, and blocking the proper communication with the Primary VC Module.
     • Resolved an issue where VCM reported a NO-COMM state for a VC-FC module, even though the VC-FC module was still responding to a ping command.
     • Resolved an issue where the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware version information did not display correctly on the OA rack firmware page. This resolution requires OA version 3.30.
     • Resolved an issue with VC Manager failing to retrieve configuration generation number from VC Ethernet Module.
     • Resolved an issue where the network nativelan setting cleared after adding another network.
     • Resolved an issue where an hpvcm_deleteManagedObjects return code error occurred when deleting a profile.
     • Resolved an issue that delayed the startup time on an enclosure with eight Flex-10/FlexFabric modules.
     • Resolved a performance issue where adding a single network caused an update of all configured networks.
     • Resolved an issue where firmware details did not display on a Firefox browser window.
     • Resolved an issue where FCoE login took longer than expected when changing between fabrics.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM CLI command "set enet-vlan" did not return an error for the command "set enet-vlan VlanTagControl=Tunnel SharedServerVlanId=true".
     • Resolved an HP Integrity BL8x0c i2 Series Server Blade issue where there were problems disconnecting Flex-10 ports with I/O modules that do not support Flex-10, which could result in disabled network ports appearing as enabled.
     • Resolved a GUI issue where titles on the Device Bay Summary screen were not displayed consistently.
     • Resolved an issue where an SNMP trap configuration with only FC traps selected could not have an associated set of severities.
     • Resolved an issue where an error was not indicated for login redistribution for a degraded/failed SAN in external connections.
     • Resolved a GUI issue for HP Integrity BL8x0c i2 Series Server Blades where the entries in the Server Ethernet Adapter Information table did not properly collapse and expand.
     • Resolved an issue found in an Integrity FlexFabric environment where the HP-UX boot path was lost while unassigning and reassigning a profile.
     • Resolved an issue for a race condition between module recovery and enclosure recovery when an enclosure was recovering from an enclosure NO-COMM condition.
     • Resolved an issue when recovering from a module NO-COMM state where the correct module state is properly tracked to avoid unnecessary failure for LANIO calls and GenNumber requests.
     • Resolved an FC module firmware issue where the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware version is displayed as “Not Available" in OA, but VCM has the correct firmware version information.
     • Resolved an FC module firmware issue where the DHCP client in the VC 8Gb/24-port FC module firmware became corrupted, causing the FC module to stop responding to VCM, resulting in a NO-COMM state.
     • Resolved an issue when VC modules coming out of NO-COMM state, they may not be in sync with each other, which will result in unexpected additional module failures.
     • Resolved a restriction where customers need to put the VC domain in VCEM maintenance mode in order to get the support dump.
     • Resolved an issue where the GUI will state that the event manager registration has expired and then the user is logged out of the GUI unexpectedly.
     • Resolved an FC connection outage due to a failure of the Virtual Connect Flex Fabric primary module.  During the Backup Module recovery, the error caused a full Virtual Connect reset and recovery which created the outage.
     • Resolved an issue with growing memory utilization on HP VC Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet modules when Blades are in a PXE Boot loop.
     • Resolved an issue with a small memory leak found in stpd when handling of subport MED data update notices.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC domain will get into NO-COMM state after performing OA failover and then fail back.
     • Resolved an issue where the Private Networks filter rules were not updated when LAG (Link Aggregation Group) membership changes.
     • Resolved an issue where when a module recovers from NO-COMM state, the stacking links will show failed status even though there is no real operational problem.
     • Made adjustment for the Maximum RSS memory limit for graceful VC management process shutdown.


Version:3.15 (10 Nov 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Deliverable Name:
      HP Virtual Connect firmware

Release Version and/or Date:
      Version 3.15

Last Recommended or Critical Version:
      Version 3.10

Previous Version of Firmware:
      Version 3.10

Firmware Dependency:
Use this link to get more detailed information about compatiable hardware and configuration scenarios.   
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Added support for the HP VC FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module
  • Added support for the HP NC551m Dual Port FlexFabric 10Gb Converged Network Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G7 Server Blades.
  • Added support for the HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC542m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC551i/m and NC553i Dual Port FlexFabric Adapter protocol personality change between FCoE and iSCSI.
  • Added support for full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for iSCSI boot with NC551i/m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL620c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP NC553m 10Gb 2-Port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter.


Problems Fixed:

  • Resolved an issue, that can result in a network outage, when a profile is created with duplicate multiple networks.
  • Resolved an issue were Virtual Connect Manager (VCM)will reset modules that have port mirroring enabled when VCM restarts, and will cause a network outage.
  • Resolved an issue were VC modules do not provide information about CPU, part number, etc. via Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Resolved an issue when using VC CLI, where a user is unable to add LDAP groups with names containing spaces.
  • Resolved an issue when a profile is created with multiple networks that use a Shared Uplink Set (SUS) without selecting any networks. If this profile is applied to a server with Flex NICs, this will result in a segmentation fault,VCM SEGV.
  • Resolved an issue were 'About' HP VCM pop-up window was causing IE8 to crash, which results in the About table not being displayed.
  • Resolved an issue with VCM SEGV when the user has a profile (with multiple networks defined in a connection without a network being configured), then edits the profile without making any changes, and then applies the profile to a server with Flex-10 LOM.


Known Issues:

  • In a double-dense domain configuration, interconnect bays 7 and 8 should not be used to create a FC Fabric. The fabric should instead be created on bays 5 and 6. If a fabric is created on bays 7 or 8 using VCMCLI, an incorrect error message may be displayed 'ERROR: Module not found' instead of 'ERROR: A fabric is not allowed to be created with the specified bay for a double-sense configuration'
  • When a Blade server port has multiple FlexNICs defined (one of them is defined as FCoE) and the FCoE FlexNIC is deleted, the band width does not redistribute to other active FlexNICs even through the GUI will show it has.
  • If the Primary VC modules loses power or is removed, a Profile Status change trap is not sent as it should be. Work-around: When the Primary VC module loses power or is removed, the cpqHoSWRunninagStatusChangeTrap trap (defined in the cpqhost.mib MIB) will be sent by the backup VC module when it becomes Primary. A sample trap is shown below:

  •         
             Enterprise Specific Trap (.11017) Uptime: 20 days, 2:54:46.44,
             SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: bay2TC,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.11.1.0 = INTEGER: 10,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.2.1 = STRING: "aus-c7000-13_vc_domain",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.3.1 = STRING: "HP Virtual Connect Domain Manager",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.2.0 = STRING: "VCM Domain status trap",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.4.1 = STRING: "3.15",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.12.1 = INTEGER: 4,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.13.1 = INTEGER: 5,
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.14.1 = STRING: "VcD_6f54796e7543",
             SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.15.1 = INTEGER: 2
            
             The two MIB OIDs in the trap above to analyze are:
             enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.13.1
             enterprises.232.11.2.6.1.1.15.1
            
             These OIDs will contain the following values when the Backup VC module has become the Primary:
             cpqHoSWRunningConfigStatus : operational(5)
             cpqHoSWRunningRedundancyMode : master(2)
            
  • When upgrading from a pre-3.00 VC release, if Fibre Channel SNMP traps were defined with DNS type of the Trap Destination address, upon completion of the upgrade SNMP settings will not be applied to the VC-FC modules. Work-around: Edit any FC SNMP trap destinations, using the GUI or CLI, that have a DNS name for the trap destination and change the DNS name to an IPv4 address.
  • When Virtual Connect has assigned a Server Profile to a server, the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) can't modify the protocol configuration (iSCSI/FCoE) of any NIC (including the 551m), even if the NIC is not connected to a Virtual Connect module. Any protocol configuration changes must be made when the Server Profile is not assigned to the server.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Added support for the HP VC FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module.
  • Added support for the HP NC551m Dual Port FlexFabric 10Gb Converged Network Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G7 Server Blades.
  • Added support for the HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC542m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter.
  • Added support for the HP NC551i/m and NC553i Dual Port FlexFabric Adapter protocol personality change between FCoE and iSCSI.
  • Added support for full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for iSCSI boot with NC551i/m FlexFabric adapters and FlexFabric/Flex-10 modules.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL620c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP ProLiant BL680c G7 Server Blade.
  • Added support for the HP NC553m 10Gb 2-Port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter.

Version:3.10 (9 Sep 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL:http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:

     • Resolved an issue where Internet Group Management Protocol(IGMP) joins only processed by VC on 1st VLAN when a PF has multiple mapped VLANs.
     • Resolved IGMP Query Tx issues when IGMP joins to grp 01:00:5e:00:00:01.
     • Enhanced VC Manager recovery mechanism to insure that an enclosure serial number is validated after an OA firmware upgrade while VC Manager is recovering the domain.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Ethernet modules running v2.30 or later may unexpectedly lose stacking link connectivity due to CPU-generated data traffic, such as LACP and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), no longer transmitting.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Manager daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing. It also resolved the issue documented by the following Customer Advisory c02463297.
     • Resolved an issue where an OA Apache Web Server hang could cause VC Manager to crash while assigning server profile to a device bay. VCM error handling has been enhanced to properly handle this error condition.
     • Resolved an issue where an OA Apache Web Server hang could cause a miscommunication between the OA and VCM and therefore force VCM to perform steps leading to a temporary loss of the Ethernet and SAN connectivity. This is due to VC inability to detect current physical server state in the enclosure with unresponsive OA Apache Web server.
     • Resolved an issue with VC-FC 4/8Gb 20port modules where during an attempt to register with the DNS server, an update request would fail causing VC-FC modules to write an entry in one of the system's logs. Depending on the frequency of the DHCP lease expiration, this log may cause root file system to fill up to its 100 capacity. VC-FC firmware 1.41 prevents that error log message from filling up the root file system.
     • Resolved an issue when changing the auto power options on the iLO and then shutting down or starting up the blade server, will cause the VCM to display the connection reset or connection timeout message.
     • Resolved an issue when taking a support dump, some older model of SFP modules will be affected and will result in link down situation. This fix also addresses the Customer Advisory c02465022.
     • Fixed an issue where Dot1dBasePortMTUExceededDiscards statistic was incremented even with jumbo frames enabled.
     • Resolved an issue where HP Insight Orchestration Software (HP IO) deployment may stop responding with continuous looping on the target server with the error message 'Boot device is being configured by Virtual Connect' is displayed.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     • Support for HP ProLiant BL 460c G7 Server Blades
     • Support for HP ProLiant BL 490c G7 Server Blades
     • Support for HP NC522m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter
     • Removed VCM requirement for Primary/Secondary VC Interconnect modules to be placed in I/O bays 1 and 2
     • Support for the full iSCSI and TCP offload with NC551i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for the iSCSI boot with NC551i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for the iSCSI boot with NC553i FlexFabric adapters and Flex-10 modules
     • Support for Brocade 804 8Gb FC hBA for HP BladeSystem c-Class
     • Provides the ability to display Fibre Channel and Ethernet port statistics via the VCM CLI


Version:3.01 (21 Jun 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the
      URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     •Resolved an issue where the Flex UIs are unable to parse an LDAP group in WebService SOAP response. The symptom may be as one of the following:
         a. Define Network/Edit Network page hangs on "Loading".
         b. Profile editor fails to load all data(Specifically Ethernet connections).
         c. Advanced Ethernet Settings page hangs on "Loading Advanced Ethernet Settings".
     •Resolved an issue that an LDAP certificate still showing on the GUI even after it was deleted from GUI.
     •Resolved an issue where VC Manager daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing.
     •It also resolved the issue documented by the following Customer Advisory:
        http://alerts.hp.com/r?2.1.3KT.2ZR.14BPm6.ExBUY%5f..N.UjO8.3TRO.bW89MQ%5f%5fCaVcFOM0

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     •Support ProLiant BL 465c G7 server
     •Support ProLiant BL 685c G7 server
     •NC550m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter


Version:3.00 (17 May 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695


Problems Fixed:
     1. Resolved an issue were pre-existing Virtual Server IDs on a blade server will not be cleared when the blade server is inserted into an enclosure with existing profiles that do not contain any Virtual MACs, WWNs, or Server IDs.
     2. Resolved an issue were jumbo frames are incorrectly reported as iflnErrors.

Known Issues:
     1. When VC is used and BL870c i2 or BL890c i2 servers are present, after an OA reset the OA occasionally will end up displaying factory-assigned WWNs and MACs for the auxiliary blades in a multi-blade server, even though there are VC-assigned values. Note that this problem does not affect the operation of the server, the blades have and will operate with the correct VC-assigned WWNs and MAC addresses. The workaround to get the OA in synch with VCM is to shutdown the server (if it’s running), unassign the VC profile, assign the VC profile, and boot the server.
     2. In Virtual Connect release 3.00, the Server Admin user is not able to modify the IGMP Snooping settings. This known issue is related to the authorizations of the Server Admin user in the security token being passed between Virtual Connect software components; this issue will be fixed in a later release of Virtual Connect. The current work around is for the Server Admin user to login as an Administrator user in order to change IGMP Snooping settings.
     3. In some circumstances ports are shown as having WWNs which are actually in use by other ports. The user will need to look at the Server Profile page to be sure which mezzanine ports are really in use. This issue will addressed in a future Virtual Connect release.
     4. Multiple or Unsupported versions of Adobe Flash Player cause the Firefox web browser to crash.
     On some combinations of Firefox web browser, Adobe Flash Player, and Operating System, the Adobe Flash Player will cause the Firefox web browser to crash unexpectedly - especially if there are multiple versions of the Flash Player Plugin installed with Firefox or if there is an older/unsupported version of the Flash Player Plugin (e.g. such as Flash v8.0) installed with Firefox, even if the older/unsupported version of the Flash Plugin is disabled. It is recommended that Virtual Connect 3.00 users install only 1 supported version of the Adobe Flash Player Plugin with their Firefox web browser.
     5. Depending on the installed versions of the Firefox, Adobe Flash Player, and OS (for example: Combination of Firefox v3.5.9, Adobe Flash v9.0/v10.0, on GNU Linux v2.6.9) certain fix patches from Adobe for the Adobe Flash Player may be needed. For the latest information on fix patches from Adobe for the Flash Player Plugin, see the Adobe website (http://www.adobe.com/support/security/index.html#flashplayer).
     Also, users might experience problems with the Firefox browser hanging or crashing and then showing the "failed to create MSXML object" error. This is a known issue with XSLT transformations in Firefox. See the information at the following URL's about downloading and installing a patch for your specific version of the Firefox browser at this Mozilla website (http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/2009/mfsa2009-12.html) or this Mozilla website (http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox30.html).
     6. If the VC Domain is configured for double dense Server mode, and a profile is assigned to an empty server bay, and then a hot plug of a single dense server into that server bay will result in the profile not being activated. Recovery is to unassign the profile and reassign.

Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:
     1. Support For HP Integrity BL8x0C i2 Series Server Blades.
     2. IE8 is supported under IE7 compatibility mode.
     3. Up to 128 Networks in a Shared Up Link Set. 
     4. Deprecated the GUI/CLI firmware update capability. VCSU 1.5.0 or later version is the only supported firmware update mechanism.


Version:2.34 (24 Sep 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.

HP recommends that customers move to VC 3.01 or greater firmware for the latest new features and fixes.  However, for customers who need a delay migration to VC 3.xx for operational reasons,  firmware version 2.34 is recommended for systems affected by any of the documented fixes below.


Important Notes:
     Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

HP recommends that customers move to VC 3.01 or greater firmware for the latest new features and fixes.  However, for customers who need a delay migration to VC 3.xx for operational reasons,  firmware version 2.34 is recommended for systems affected by any of the documented fixes below.

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue where IGMP Joins were only processed by Virtual Connect(VC) on the first VLAN when a PF has multiple mapped VLANs.
     • Resolved an issue where IGMP Joins to grp 01:00:5e:00:00:01 would cause IGMP Query Tx problems.
     • Resolved an issue where the VCM daemon process would occasionally terminate and cause a network outage due to a Segmentation Violation after a failover processing. This fix also resolved the issue documented by Customer Advisory c02463297.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC crash would occur while assigning a server profile to a server bay.
     • Resolved an issue where a VC network outage would occur due to the inability to detect the state of physical servers. 
     • Resolved an issue where changing the auto power options on the iLO and then shutting down or starting up the blade server would cause VCM to display a connection reset or connection timeout message.
     • Resolved an issue where VC Ethernet modules running VC 2.30 or later may unexpectedly lose stacking link connectivity due to CPU-generated data traffic, such as LACP and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), no longer transmitting.
     • Resolved an issue that occured when taking a support dump, some older SFP module models were affected and would result in a link down situation.

Enhancements

None


Version:2.33 (3 May 2010)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue when a VC module is configured as a Flex-10 device, after the VC module reboots with the xNet definitions already present,  IGMP Joins are not sent out and thus stop working.


Version:2.32 (28 Jan 2010)
Fixes
Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the "User Guide" section, under the URL:
        http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Problems Fixed:
     • Resolved an issue when un-initialized server(s) was installed and continuously attempted to PXE boot. Each server was generating multiple Ethernet port state events which could result in sluggish VCM GUI responses.
     • Resolved an issue for VCM GUI which would not allow using upper case letters to define SNMP Community Strings.
     • Resolved an issue where user’s GUI interface would appear not responsive during the Checkpoint Operation time period, which can be up to 40 seconds. Checkpoint Operation is initiated whenever a profile configuration is being updated.
     • Resolved an issue where RDP operations would fail when VC unexpectedly updated UUID and SN to an internal data structure. This update occurs whenever a server POST COMPLETE event is detected.
     • Resolved an issue where VC CLI SHOW operations would occur in minutes instead of seconds with large network configurations.

Version:2.31 (6 Nov 2009)
Fixes

Update Requirements:
      Recommended: HP recommends that users should update to this firmware version at their earliest convenience.

Important Notes:
      Read the latest version of HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695

Firmware Dependency:
        None
         
        Generic firmware dependency is documented in the HP Virtual Connect Release Notes. It can be found in the “User Guide” section, under the URL:
        http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64180&taskId=101&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3552695
        

Enhancements/New Features:
     None
Problems Fixed:
        • Resolved issue when VC FW is upgraded to VC2.30 in a Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM) environment. Problem was due to the SNMP configuration not reflecting the correct state and resulted in an upgraded VC Domain not being re-admitted to its VCEM Virtual Connect Domain Group.
        • Resolved an issue on  Multi-enclosure systems in which the VC Manager User responses are slow or appear to lock up. This is due to high overhead startup of the SNMPD process.
        • Resolved an issue in which the SNMP SMI-S enabled flag was not being carried forward to the VC 2.30 configuration from pre-VC2.30 versions.
        

Known Issues:
     None


Version:2.30 (1 Oct 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following issue has been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.30:

  • Resolved an issue on VC Flex-10 Ethernet modules where Link Aggregation Groups (LAG) cannot be formed with more than 40Gb total throughput. With this fix, VC Flex-10 Ethernet modules can support LAGs with up to 80Gb total throughput.
  • Resolved an issue with some server links mapped to the VC Flex-10 Ethernet module not being able to link up under certain enclosure/server configurations.
    The effect of this fix is that it may take an additional 30 seconds for a VC Flex-10 Ethernet module to become ready after the initial power-on of the module.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules when a VC Fabric has all of the uplink ports in an offline state and one of the uplink ports comes back online. VC 8Gb 24-Port Modules now reconfigure server connectivity to that online uplink port.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules that failed to map server connections to a newly added uplink port to a VC Fabric that already has all of the uplink ports in an offline state.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules to generate SNMP traps to indicate that the parameters have been changed when any of the SNMP configuration parameters are modified.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules so the SNMP System Contact string can now be less than four characters.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules to behave correctly after a VC domain deletion. SAN connectivity is allowed for all the servers in the enclosure, regardless whether a server has previously been assigned a server profile.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules that did not properly populate the SNMP MibStatus Array.
  • Resolved an issue for VC 8Gb 24-Port FC Modules so that under the default port group configuration, the server(s) port logins can take place.
Enhancements

VC-Enet version 2.30 includes the following features:

  • Support for the HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Module. 8Gb configuration and operation is only supported by G6, or newer generation of servers.
  • SNMP enhancements:
    • Added limited extensions to already supported MIBs
    • Added SNMP traps for Ethernet port state changes
    • Added SNMP traps for key, pre-defined threshold conditions
    • Supports new MIB/traps for key VC domain elements
    • Supports both SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 traps (by trap destination)
      • Trap destinations
      • Type of traps to be sent to destination
      • Level(s) of traps to be sent to destination
      • Type/class of trap to be sent
        This feature does not include user configuration of trap thresholds.
  • Added Support for dynamic changes to FlexNICs. Servers no longer need to be powered off to change a FlexNIC for its bandwidth, link state, and network/VLAN assignment. In addition, FlexNIC link state is now accurately reported in the VCM GUI.
  • Increased the maximum number of VLANs allowed for an uplink port (or port set) from 64 to 128.
  • Support for BL495c G6 and BL465c G6 server blades.
  • Support for the new HP Code Signing Process.
  • Support the ability to connect two VC domains together (SE or ME) by directly connecting their uplinks (no switch in between) to form a private network.

Version:2.12 (21 Aug 2009)
Fixes

The following issue has been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.12:

  • Resolved an issue with some server links mapped to a VC Flex-10 Ethernet module may not be able to link up under certain enclosure/server configurations.

Customers that are not using HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Modules or are not having link issues do not need to update to Virtual Connect v2.12.

Enhancements

No new features are enabled in HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Firmware version 2.12.


Version:2.10 (27 Apr 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following issues have been resolved in Virtual Connect v2.10:

  • Resolved a potential VC GUI hang if Internet browser is being used, and an uplink port cable is pulled from a VC Ethernet module.
  • Resolved a few unexpected pop-up error messages which might appear on VC GUI when the VC GUI browser was open on the Profile page and a server was powered on.
  • Resolved an issue that caused servers using FC  to lose SAN connectivity when the primary Onboard Administrator (OA) module is reset.
  • Resolved a memory leak in VC Manager daemon that was triggered when both Onboard Administrator (OA) modules were absent.
  • Resolved issue that caused CLI to terminate the ssh sessions and logout the user when CTRL-C was entered in the middle of CLI command execution.
Enhancements

VC-Enet version 2.10 includes the following features:

  • Support for Multi Enclosure Virtual Connect domain

This feature allows for stacked enclosure support, which enables up to four c7000 enclosures to be managed within a single Virtual Connect domain for a total of up to 64 servers or 128 servers, in a double-dense mode.

  • Increased number of Virtual Connect networks (64) per shared uplink set.
  • Support for HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-Port-Fibre Channel Module.

NOTE: 8Gb configuration and operation are only supported by G6 servers.


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